Termite control is very importan to prevent damage to anything you own that is made of wood. Whether it is the structure of your home, your furniture, or trees, termite damage can be detrimental if not handled quickly and properly. There are many different signs that termites are present. For example, you may notice dry wall crumbling for no known reason. Wood floors may begin to bow or sag in certain spots, or walls may seem to bulge or curve inward in some areas.
In many instances, there are no indications of termites that the average person would notice. This is because termites can enter the home from the ground and eat through walls, ceilings or furniture from the inside out. Wherever there is a combination of wood, soil, and moisture, there is a good chance that termite infestation will occur. Once you have detected them in your home, extermination is needed immediately. Some grocery and hardware stores carry termite repellant or killer, but it is very difficult to apply these properly by yourself. In addition, these repellants are not nearly as potent or effective as the kinds used by a licensed termite control professional.
A professional exterminator uses two main types of chemicals to get rid of termites. The first is a repellant, which the termites can sense and try to avoid completely. The second chemical is used when infestation has occurred to actually kill the insects. It is odorless and the bugs do not even know it is present. They will actually consume the chemical along with the wood they eat, ensuring their death. Termites will die from exposure to this chemical, even if they do not consume it, but they will not die as quickly.
When infestation has gone unnoticed for long periods of time, these wood-eating insects can create extensive damage to your home. In some severe cases, the home’s structures may be irreparably destroyed. Walls and roofs can cave in or allow more moisture in, which can cause rotting wood and mold. In addition to attracting more termites, moisture can cause these other problems that may be harmful to your health. Exterminating the insects before this kind of damage has occurred may not only save you money, but also save your home from being condemned.
The price for extermination will depend on the numbers and sizes of colonies that have formed in your home. Another factor affecting your overall costs is the number and sizes of affected areas within your home. The more structures that have been damaged, the more money it will take to repair them. These variables will also determine the amount of time and chemicals a termite control professional will need to exterminate the bugs. Once all the termites have been killed, you will need to make all necessary repairs as soon as possible to prevent rotting and collapses. This type of damage can continue even after the insects have been killed. You may need new drywall, trusses, beams, floors, or roofing materials.
Early detection and prevention is the key to avoid ending up in a terrible and costly situation. Take as many precautions as possible and invest in routine inspections from a termite control professional to keep your home safe and sound.
Termite Damage is A Serious Problem in Real Estate Investment!
As a seller you should be very clear about the bad effects termite damage can cause on your profit in the real estate business. As a buyer you should be very clear about the risk you are getting into a home with termite damages. In any case, in the real estate field, termite damages are cause of great worries.
In most of the cases of sale, the buyer will be assured that the seller will treat for the termite damage, which can cause about $1, 000 or little more. In some other cases the seller may offer the buyer the expenses for the treatment for termite damage. It is true that with this simple treatment technique, termite problem could be solved temporarily. But remember that you will be staying in a house with a history of termite treatment.
<b>What about the damages, which had been done for the structure by the termites?</b>
If the structure is damaged, it will call for multitudes of thousand dollars to repair it. Then why do you want to go for such a home?
So it is imperative to have a proper assessment of the termite problem in the home before starting the process of purchasing it.
When we consider the termite damage, some faults may be visible and there will be many damages, which are not visible. You may have to put much effort to identify all the damages by the termite. You may have to remove carpets, rugs, furniture and appliances. Walls and ceilings could be opened and in some cases you may have to undertake some excavation process to identify the severity of the damage.
Even with all the above efforts, you may not able to assess the damage by termite in the full level. In this situation, you may have to go for destructive or invasive testing techniques. There are many qualified contractors and specialists to carry out the perfect assessment of the gravity of the problem. It will be a costly exercise, but this will be the only method to find out the damages and also to assess the cost involved in the repair.
I will advice you to get the full history of the termite treatment and repairs carried out on the home before the sale process is initiated.
If you suspects termite problem, you should carry out all types of testing to assess its full gravity. Many termite assessment companies are out there for you to help in assessing the damage caused by termites. You have to necessarily do proper inspections before getting into trouble of buying an infected home.
After all, the termite infection to a home is a very worrisome issue, especially if it is a log home. You can ask the contractor to assess the problem and to give a document stating the status of the structure and the severity of the termite damage. If you know that the home you have been spotted had a past history of termite infection, make sure that the structure did not get damaged.